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Hotel California
Ranked #2 of 70 Hotels in Palm Springs
Certificate of Excellence
St. Albert Alberta
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20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Loved It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We felt at home immediately. Our suite was great. Very very clean. The beds were so... comfortable. Lots of extras, the pool courtyard was cozy and relaxing. The staff were outstanding. Easy to park. Wifi in the rooms. A great stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights - and the place is just great!

Build like a small old Mexican town - with all modern facilities.

Use the spa and, take a swim among the palms while looking at hummingbirds - or soak in the sun in peace and quietness.

The rooms are well kept and cozy.

Ray and his beloved limo and everybody else working at the places are doing their utmost to make you feel special and comfortable.

We will definitely be back some day.

Majbritt & Jesper

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

These are the same owners of The Desert Riviera nearby that we have been going to for our dose of sun every year, and they have done an excellent job of developing this hotel into just as fantastic an experience. I agree with another reviewer who called it a "hideaway," a nice shaded spot under tall palm trees with a very cool center courtyard and pool. Very comfy and homey. Old saltillo tile floors and courtyard. Nice and airy within the courtyard for a cool escape from the blazing sun but still with some sun exposure on the north side of the courtyard when you want it.

Room Tip: Upper floor has a more private courtyard
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Jeffrey G
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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We stayed four nights over Thanksgiving weekend and the service began the moment I made my reservation. They emailed restaurant choices at various prices,things to do and places to visit and our room was ready the moment we arrived, even though we were an hour early. This is a small property with a lovely tropical feel,but if you're looking for a larger pool, in full sun, you might be happier at their "sister" property, Desert Riveria. It's a short walk down the street.The rooms are cozy, very clean, and include little touches to make you feel pampered. Larry, Patti, Lucy and Jay really go overboard to please their guests and we'd definitely return to the Hotel California.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

This place was beyond great. Really take the time to enjoy the property for what it is. Use the kitchen, use the limo, and conversate with Jay. I work at a huge, world class hotel, and I prefer a small place like this everyday of the week. No, they don't have a gym, but their customer service is so great they would probably take you to a gym in a limo and pay for your day pass. The rooms aren't incredible, but I couldn't think of anything more comfortable. My friends and I will be back within the year if possible, and I miss it already.

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Worcester, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

My wife and I spent 6 lovely nights at the Hotel California. The hotel is a small, intimate and friendly family run business. It has about 12 rooms, built around the swimming pool, in a Spanish Courtyard setting.

The rooms are warm and inviting, very clean and well presented. Lots of little extras come as standard eg coffee on tap 24hrs a day; free internet access; free bike hire; free snack basket in your room; free candy/ fruit etc.

Would certainly stay here again if in the area.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Scorpian87
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Wolfsburg, Germany
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

An all over 5 star rating.

You drive along the Palm Canyon Drive wondering about the many so gray and boring hotels along then You arrive at a beautiful motel realizing: "Oh, great.. Hotel California...".
You have done everything right; You made the right choice!
You get a friendly welcome.
You are walking around getting everything explained wondering how picturesque and beautiful the place looks like; like a painted picture.
You walk into the room with kitchen and table with two chairs and feel home.
We booked the Town House (It's secret; You read this but don't speak about it!)

For us the stay in Palm Springs was like additional vacation in the trip to USA.

At the end, You know they really care about their jewel in the desert!

Tipp: Next to the hotel You have "Elmer's". Friendly and delicious.
At Ralph's in the neighborhood You get off of the prices with the hotel room key.
You need a smart way to go downtown? Use hotels own limousine (it's not only luxury but funny, too)
Don't miss the tramway, the living desert and Palm Canyon.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Property: Hotel California
Address: 424 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264-8806
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Location: United States > California > California Desert > Palm Springs
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Palm Springs
#2 Best Value Hotel in Palm Springs
#3 Romantic Hotel in Palm Springs
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Lush romantic grounds with surrounding Old California Spanish charm. Newly renovated with attention to every detail. Sister property to the #1 TripAdvisor rated Desert Riviera Hotel.. just up the street. Join us in the SUN! ... more   less 
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